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Personal circuit printer surpasses Kickstarter goal in one day

You’re playing a game on an obscure old gaming system when the controller breaks. What do you do? The obvious answer could soon be “print a new …

Members of the public, industry professionals and academics have descended upon Houston for the third annual 100-Year Starship symposium, which will discuss what the world needs to do to make interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/clg1 Future starships may be constructed in Earth orbit using a ring-type construction facility, which could have hotel rooms where guests could observe the construction, as in this rendition by Adrian Mann.

It’s about to get easier to 3D print with recycled plastic

3D printers generally print in one of two types of plastic; either ABS, which is used to make Legos, or PLA, typically found in some types of food …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

Move over, Mars: Manned Europa mission considered

Mars has been getting all the manned-mission love lately, but let's not forget all the other heavenly bodies. Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the target objective of a group of volunteer scientists, conceptual artists, and social-media experts looking into sending a one-way crewed mission on a search …

4 3D printer technologies that could solve current problems

3D printing companies from around the world assembled this week in San Jose for Inside 3D Printing, an international conference in its inaugural …

Optinvent Ora AR glasses boasts 'Flip-Vu' dual position display, aims to take on Google (hands-on)

While Google Glass might be the darling of the augmented reality wearable market, other companies like Vuzix and Epson have had skin in the game for much longer than the folks in Mountain View. One such firm to have caught the AR bug early is Optinvent, which debuted an early version of its ClearVu …

FreedomPop Takes Aim At Carriers With Its New, Free Phone Plan

Is your cell phone bill too expensive? So is mine. Wireless data startup FreedomPop has been trying to tackle that little financial truth for the better part of two years now, and it’s finally ready to take aim at traditional wireless carriers and their pricey monthly plans.<p>In exchange for a …

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

Nasa hosts the Starship Project aiming for interstellar travel within 100 years

It would be hard enough these days to find a human capable of playing a 12-inch LP, let alone an alien. So perhaps it is time for Nasa to update its welcome pack for extraterrestrials.<p>The agency announced earlier this month that its Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, becoming the first …

Scientists create 'light saber' material with photon-binding technique

Photons are usually thought of as ephemeral, massless particles that rarely interact with each other, but a recent discovery by Harvard and MIT professors may force physicists to rethink that assumption. By pumping atoms into a supercooled vacuum chamber, the project created a non-linear quantum …

See the world's first mind-controlled prosthetic leg in action

Prosthetic legs have gotten smarter and smarter thanks to advanced sensors and lightweight motors, but this week they're getting their biggest overhaul yet: the latest bionic leg can be controlled entirely by its wearer's mind. Though the mind-controlled prosthetic leg has been in the works for …

Print your photographs in 3D

Step aside, home photo printer! The age of the 3D printer is just beginning. But then what are you supposed to do with all those digital photos sitting on your hard drive?<p>Well, thanks to Amanda Ghassaei of Instructables -- who showed us how to make a 3D-printed record -- you can try printing them …

When Star Trek becomes reality: NASA to build 'universal food synthesizer' 3D printer to boldly make pizza from insects and algae!

• NASA is investing in a 3D printer which can create food<br>• The company behind it believe it could solve the earth's looming food shortage<br>• Meals would be …

Joshua Harris' 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel

Excited about that stylish top from J.Crew but wish you could have it for the party tonight? Why not just 3D print it right at home? That’s the …

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You Won't Believe The Elaborate Description For How This $100 3D Printer Works

The 3D printing hype machine is already going full steam ahead, but this is pretty awesome.<p>Meet Peachy Printer, a Kickstarter project aiming to bring a $100 3D printer to anyone who wants it. 3D printing is a notoriously pricey venture, with the professional-grade machines costing tens of thousands …

MakerBot 3D Desktop Printers to Be Sold in Microsoft Retail Stores Across the US

MakerBot just announced plans to begin selling their Replicator 2 desktop model in Microsoft retail stores across the United States. The move makes …

New MIT 3-D Printing Innovations Create Printable Objects That Assemble Themselves

This notion of self-assembly seems futuristic, but it’s been researched before, particularly within the field of nanotechnology. And Tibbits, along …

AppSeed turns your sketches into functioning app prototypes

<b>Kickstarter project AppSeed allows you to photograph your sketches on paper or a whiteboard and turn them into a functioning prototype of your app.</b><p>In …

Peachy Printer's sub-$100 3D printer smashes fundraising goal (video)

While the cost of 3D printers are coming down, it's unlikely we'll start to see them invade everyone's homes 'til they become much cheaper. That's the idea, at least, behind the Peachy Printer, a device that's promising to retail for less than $100. Unlike printers made by companies such as …

Articles about exploring future 3d printing day 1 on Dwell.com - Dwell

The disruptive technology is ready for a closeup, with Print the Legend, a new documentary film on 3D printing premiering this...<p>3D printing’s impact on construction is slowly materializing.<p>Believed to be the first house printed using mobile 3D printing technology, a 38-square-meter surface …

GitHub Adds 3D Modeling Features That Make It A Printer-Agnostic Choice For Object Sharing

Github, everyone’s favorite nerdery, added STL object file support – basically a system for uploading and rendering 3D models – in April. Now, however, they’ve improved their service with a system for finding the differences in subsequent versions of these 3D files, essentially adding an undo …

You Can Now Print Any Food You Want, As Long As It’s Algae

More appetizing details: The algae is dispensed via inkjet-like printing, which Sawa has developed in partnership with Imperial College London. The …

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in <i>Star Trek</i>, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA …

Why British 'commercial' music needs public funding to keep Momentum

A new scheme offers artists grants of up to £15,000 to take their careers to the next level – it should be expanded<p>What do Arcade Fire, Feist, Carly Rae Jepsen and the Knife have in common? They've all launched their careers with the help of public funding (yes, Jepsen's debut EP, which included …

What I learned from researching almost every single smart watch that has been rumored or announced

Smart watches! I sure hope you like them, because literally everyone is developing one. And yet, given the vanishingly small proportion of watches that are “smart,” clearly, something is holding them back. Here are the trends that jumped out when I undertook a more or less comprehensive catalog of …

Kreyos Smartwatch Raises $1 Million from Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding campaign for the Kreyos smartwatch project has passed $1 million in support, proving once again that backers love them wearables.<p>Kreyos is still at a fraction of the $10 million of support that Pebble raised last year, but it <i>has</i> managed to raise 10 times the amount it was asking …